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Study: Relaxing ethanol rules could cut corn prices 20 percent
The Washington Post
A new study from three agricultural economists at Purdue University finds that even a partial relaxation of the renewable fuels mandate could reduce corn prices by up to 20 percent next year.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is part of a food group coalition urging the EPA to waive the ethanol fuel mandate. A copy of the coalition's Aug. 10 letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson can be viewed here.

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    In US, food is wasted from farm to fork
    The Washington Post
    Americans throw away up to 40 percent of their food every year, cramming landfills with at least $165 billion worth of produce and meats at a time when hundreds of millions of people suffer from chronic hunger globally, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council. More
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    Food growers, beverage firms bolster effort against Prop 37
    Los Angeles Times
    Major food growers and processors are pumping millions of dollars into an increasingly hefty war chest to fight a November ballot measure that would require labels on genetically engineered foods. In all, they've collected $25 million, the most for any ballot initiative this fall.

    Editor's note: AFFI is a member of a diverse coalition of food, nutrition, tax and consumer organizations working to stop this misguided food labeling scheme. For more information, please click here.
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    Poll: Obama holds national lead
    TPM via Yahoo News
    Paul Ryan's debut on the national stage has attracted big crowds and plenty of fawning from Republican leaders. But a new national poll shows his presence on the national Republican ticket hasn't done much to boost Mitt Romney's campaign.

    Editor's note: Public Opinion Strategies pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted this survey, is a keynote presenter at the AFFI Public Policy Forum and Breakfast set for Sept. 11. The Forum is part of the forthcoming AFFI Government Action Summit set for Washington, D.C., Sept. 11-13. For more information, or to register, please click here.

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  • Poll: Obama shows massive lead among Hispanic voters (The Hill)
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    CBO warns of significant recession if Congress doesn't act to avoid fiscal cliff
    The Washington Post
    The nation would be plunged into a significant recession during the first half of next year if Congress fails to avert nearly $500 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts set to hit in January, congressional budget analysts said Wednesday.

    Editor's note: Frozen food executives can learn how the pending debate on the "fiscal cliff" confronting Congress will impact their companies at the American Frozen Food Institute's Government Action Summit, set for Sept. 11-13 in Washington, D.C. More information, including registration deadlines, can be found here.

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    GOP House committee has money edge
    The Wall Street Journal
    The Republican committee that assists GOP House campaigns is building a notably bigger war chest than its Democratic counterpart, the latest campaign finance reports show, even though the Democrats have taken in more money overall. More
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    Russia joins WTO after 18 years of negotiations
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    After 18 years of negotiation, Russia on Wednesday entered the World Trade Organization, which restricts import duties and subsidies in an attempt to create a level playing field for international trade. More
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    Health safety advocates want melon farm identified
    The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
    Food safety advocates called on federal officials Tuesday to release the name of an Indiana farm that recalled its cantaloupes amid a Salmonella outbreak that has killed at least two people and sickened dozens of others in 20 states. More
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    Court rules against Food Lion in tax case
    The Associated Press via CBS News
    A North Carolina appeals court defended the power of tax collectors to recalculate the returns of multistate companies that shift assets to avoid or diminish corporate income bills. A unanimous three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Delhaize America Inc., parent company of the Food Lion grocery store chain, owes North Carolina $10 million in back taxes and penalties. More
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    Elmo helps students pick healthier school lunch
    Futurity
    When stickers of Elmo and other popular cartoon characters endorse certain foods in school lunches, children make healthy choices like apples instead of cookies and other sweet fare, according to a new study published in the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

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    Opinion: Junk science about junk food
    National Center for Public Policy Research via The Examiner
    In the fight against obesity, should science matter? The answer may surprise you — and could make you realize you shouldn't always trust the do-gooders. More
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    Bill targets fast-food restaurant playgrounds
    The Associated Press via The Sacramento Bee
    Playgrounds at California's fast-food restaurants will have to meet strict cleaning standards if a bill approved by the state Senate Tuesday becomes law. More
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    Probe of meatpacker, food safety continues; In-N-Out cuts ties
    The Fresno Bee
    An undercover video shot at a Hanford, Calif., meat processing plant shows inhumane treatment of cows but no proof that the slaughtered beef is unsafe to eat, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday. But also Tuesday, the In-N-Out Burger fast-food chain ended its contract with Central Valley Meat, saying it didn't want to be associated with a company that would allow inhumane practices.

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    General Mills improves its health profile
    Consumer Goods Technology
    General Mills has improved the health profile of 68 percent of its U.S. retail sales volume since 2005, adding whole grains, fiber and calcium while reducing calories, sugar, sodium and trans fat. More
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    Grocery dietitians advocate balanced diets
    Progressive Grocer
    A growing number of dietitians and nutritionists have joined grocery chains in the past decade to help advise consumers on important health issues. Many of them have taken the stance that a well-rounded, balanced diet is key — choosing not to single out particular products or ingredients sold on their shelves as being unhealthy, unless they are over-consumed. More
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    Report: Food sector needs sustainable supply chain strategies
    Environmental Leader
    Only four of the world's largest food producers — Danone, Heinz, PepsiCo and Unilever — have invested in wide-ranging codes of conduct to guide their suppliers' environmental performance, according to a new report from Verdantix. More
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    Study: Byproduct of heat-processed foods tied to diabetes
    USAgNet
    Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine found that methyl-glyoxal, a type of advanced glycation endproduct, could play a major role in the development of abdominal obesity, insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. The findings are published in the Aug. 20 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More
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    NOW Foods facility starts manufacturing improvements
    Reno Gazette-Journal
    Manufacturing improvements have begun on the recently completed, $20 million NOW Foods facility in Sparks, Nev., to help streamline the company's supply chain. More
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    Aramark to end use of 'gestation crates'
    Philly.com
    Philadelphia-based food service giant Aramark today said it will eliminate all pork from animals bred using gestation crates in its U.S. supply chain by 2017. More
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    Analyst: Signs pointing to liquidation among pork producers
    Meatingplace
    Anecdotal reports and recent slaughter data indicate the hog industry is in the initial stages of liquidation in the Midwest, according to industry analyst Heather Jones at BB&T Capital Markets. More
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    Fast-changing food industry a challenge for asset-based lenders
    PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
    From the rise of farmers markets and organic-only "foodies" to the attacks on sugar and trans fat, the food industry is evolving right along with consumers' tastes and preferences. This means those who appraise assets for lenders in the food manufacturing, retailing and food service sectors need to be sure their analytics are in step with the times, write two Tiger Group experts in the July/August issue of ABF Journal. More
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